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History of the twinning
Jersey has been home to thousands of Madeiran people, the first
having arrived after the Second World War looking for work in
agriculture and tourism. In 2004 the possibility of 'um accordo de
geminação' between St Helier and Funchal was suggested to the
Madeiran authorities, a Friendship Agreement having been signed by
the Bailiff and the President of Madeira in 1998. The St Helier
Parish Assembly approved the idea in 2007, following the successful
visit to St Helier by the Mayor of Funchal, Dr Miguel Albuquerque.
A twinning agreement was signed in Funchal in 2008, but for various
reasons including the disastrous floods which occurred at the
beginning of 2010, it has taken until Easter 2012 for St Helier's
third twinning to be formally created.
The St Helier - Geminação is evaluating the lessons learned from
the running of the successful Portuguese Food Festival at the end
of the summer 2012 in order to produce an even better
event this year.
If you're interested in learning more, or wish to join the
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